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I hope you had a great holiday week!

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What a week it was!

We had a wonderful Christmas without any hiccups! No illnesses or cancellations – so it was a great time!

To kick off the holiday weekend, we went out for a light bite with my sister-in-law and her family. And then I hosted everyone for my annual Christmas clambake on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Day, we enjoyed a slow roll morning opening gifts, sipping coffee, and making monkey bread with my mom and stepdad.

And then wrapped up the day at my other sister-in-law’s for Christmas dinner and a white elephant gift exchange.

annual christmas clambake 2022
christmas morning 2022 with rustic christmas tree, presents and cozy fire
Christmas morning in the family room with stacy ling and her family on the sectional sofa

After Christmas, my family and I spent a few days at the Vermont cabin for some skiing, snowshoeing, thrifting, and fun.

There was quite a bit of snow when we arrived, so of course my dogs immediately started rolling around in it. They LOVE arriving to fresh powder as much as we do!

We spent the week skiing and snowshoeing with cozy nights in front of the fire. My nephew came to hang with us which was so much fun. And it was a nice little getaway.

I even did a little bit of shopping with Tori. It’s nice to see her getting out and about easier as she feels better each day.

Shopping with Tori at Hogback Mountain in Vermont
home and garden blogger stacy ling with her daughter at hogback mountain in vermont
Stacy Ling snowshoeing in Vermont in the green mountains

We came back for New Year’s to spend with our friends at our home to watch the Ohio State vs. Georgia bowl game. And then Chris and I are heading to Giant Stadium later today to watch the Giants vs. Colts game.

I am hoping we are back in time to catch Yellowstone tonight. Have you been watching???

It’s been busy but fun week. I’m ready to tackle the New Year with lots of fun projects and new plans for the garden. Can’t wait to tell you more later!

black lab on sofa looking pretty exhausted!
Christmas eve punch with pomegranate juice and prosecco in champagne glasses

What I’m Shopping For This Week

This week has been all about some after-Christmas organization and storage ideas for all the things!

Here’s what I bought this week.

flocked christmas tree lit up at night in front entry hall with thrift store painting and houseplants with painted inlay wood floors and loloi area rug

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

We looked back at some reader favorites this week and I was surprised at a few that made the lists! I’ve been blogging since late 2018 so it’s neat to see some oldies but goodies sneak their way in there.

To kick off the week of favorites, we looked back at the top 10 posts that resonated with you in 2022. From gardening to decorating and some really yummy recipes, we covered a lot of ground!

We also looked back at your all-time favorite recipes. And I have to say, they are mine too because they are easy to assemble and make in record time.

And because gardening is my main passion, I shared your top 20 readers’ gardening blog favorites that truly covered all facets of gardening that include flowers, vegetables, and houseplants.

Plus, I shared some great after-Christmas ideas that include organizing your holiday decor as you put it away, decluttering and organizing your home in the New Year, as well as transitioning your home decor to a winter aesthetic.

I also shared a cozy candlelight Christmas home tour on both my blog and YouTube Channel. Come see my vintage farmhouse all twinkled up for the holidays in my latest video here.

christmas lights for the house on the porch

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared these easy and beautiful dried flower ornaments for your tree.

They look so unique and simple to make. I’d love to make these for my flocked Christmas tree next year.

Aren’t they so pretty?

dried flower christmas ornaments

My good friend AnnMarie and Anne from Simply 2 Moms each shared their candlelight Christmas tour that was so pretty!

AnnMarie’s home looks so pretty all twinkled up for the holidays, doesn’t it?

I love how that tree looks in the corner of her dining room.

christmas tree in dining room at night

And Anne’s home looks equally as beautiful!

From her cozy porch decor to cozy Christmas lights in her home, I love how it looks all lit up for the holidays.

And that staircase garland looks amazing too!

christmas tree in living room at night

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

These decorating ideas to transition from the holidays to winter.

This candlelight Christmas home tour is so pretty too!

This Christmas tree napkin folding idea should be saved to your Pinterest board for next year! It’s adorable.

These 10 handmade family gift ideas.

This antique door.

This New Year’s keto-friendly frittata recipe looks so good!

I’m totally making this English toffee recipe next year.

And that is a wrap on the 2022 holiday season!

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close up of white porch rockers with buffalo red and black check and christmas pillows on front porch with flocked christmas tree in window with christmas lights
close up of 1850 farmhouse with christmas lights after a light snow

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I’m a master gardener who’s been gardening and growing things for over 25 years and author of the best-selling book, The Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden. With a deep passion for gardening, I enjoy helping others find their inner green thumb with all things plants and flowers, as well as finding ways to bring the outdoors inside their homes.

Get the inside scoop about my background as a master gardener, education, and experience, as well as why I started blogging here.

stacy ling cutting dahlias in her garden
Home and Garden Blogger Stacy Ling cutting zinnia flowers in her cottage garden with wood picket fence in front of garden shed

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  1. Happy New Year to the Ling clan!!! I love that pic of you and Tori!!
    I fell asleep on the couch and woke up at 12:15…well, at least my decade long streak of sleeping through NYE isn’t broken!!!!

    1. That is hilarious! We actually missed the ball drop too because we were watching the Ohio state game and it was the last few minutes as the ball dropped! Happy New Year to you Chuck and the fam!!!

  2. Stacy
    So glad your Christmas was great. Looking forward to a wonderful new year with lots of blog success! Thanks for sharing my napkins!

  3. It looks like you had the best Christmas Stacy. I can’t engine how much fun it is to have a cabin in Vermont and spend time playing in the snow. Thank you for sharing my post. Happy New Year!